ShoBox on Showtime Dmitry Bivol vs Samuel Clarkson, Malik Hawkins vs Carlos Soto & Glenn Dezurn vs Leroy Davila
BY KID HERSH
ShoBox card on Showtime from Oxon Hill, Maryland. Featured on the card is Dmitry Bivol (9-0, 7KO's) vs Samuel Clarkson (19-3, 12KO's), Malik Hawkins (10-0, 7KO's) vs Carlos Soto (13-0-2, 7KO's), and Glenn Dezurn (8-0, 6KO's) vs Leroy Davila (5-0, 3KO's).
First up was Dezurn vs Davila, which saw Claressa Shields backing Davila and Franchon Crews backing her husband Dezurn, which is an interesting note because both of those women just fought each other not too long ago in their professional debuts. Referee was Kenny Chevalier. As Barry Tompkins pointed out; it was a tactical first round as Dezurn pressed the action and Davila held his ground while looking for openings. This continued into the second round, with Davila using the ring more to his benefit as he had Dezurn following him. Dezurn was still outworking Davila but the gap closed in the second round. Dezurn turned the fight back in his favor in the third round as he pressed Davila backwards and made it an inside fight; which was definitely to his benefit. Davila was having moments but this is the fight Dezurn wants. Davila was switching between southpaw and orthodox in the fourth round while trying to find his rhythm while Dezurn was working into his more. The problem was that Davila was simply fighting Dezurns type of fight; an inside one. The fight really heated up at the end of the fifth round when both fighters were trading at the end of the round for the first time in the fight. The rounds were close after this point, with Dezurn seemingly getting a second wind in the sixth but Davila making him pay at times for his aggression. The two fought on even terms in the seventh and then in the eighth round both fighters looked tired but suddenly exploded with action as Davila pressed Dezurn against the ropes and it seemed like he was hurt or fading until suddenly he exploded with a left hook that hurt Davila and he pressed Davila backwards and was suddenly the aggressor. It was a great prospect fight to the finish - one that you definitely have to see. The cards came in 78-74 by all judges for Glenn Dezurn.
Next up was Mailk Hawkins vs Carlos Soto. Referee was Bill Clancy. Hawkins had a huge shit eating grin on his face and was a bit wild and crazy for his introduction by Ray Flores - looks like a character! In the first round Soto was amazingly slow of hand and immediately Hawkins was able to tee off on him with powerful right hands. His left eye was closed only halfway through the first round and eventually at the end of the round the doctor took a look at him already and let him continue. He took a knee at the very end of the round - not sure from what exactly other than the fact that he could not see and seemed to want more time. In any case, he made it through the round and even made it through the second round after his corner opened up his eye (miraculously) with ice and he held off Hawkins for about half the round until he got blasted around further through the remainder of the second round. The fight would be stopped before the third round could start. Its actually surprising he made it through two full rounds. Hawkins looked great but I gotta say that Soto was not in shape and not at all sharp for this fight so it is hard to entirely gauge off of these types of fights. Hawkins is only 21 years old though and definitely a good looking prospect.
Main event time featuring Dmitry Bivol and Samuel Clarkson. Referee was Harvey Dock. Clarkson was hurt immediately in the first round from a right hand to the solar plexus. He backed up to the ropes and was hurt further by a right hand followed by a left hook that dropped him in the first thirty seconds of the fight. He rose and Bivol was very calculated as he hit home with precise punches more and more until he dropped him with another right hand to the chin. He got up from that one and finished the round, as Bivol knew he had his man and wasted no unnecessary movement or punches. Very economical fighter. In the second round Bivol was picking Clarkson apart further, bit by bit, as his face showed bruises and lumps and bumps from the damage happening one punch at a time as Bivol simply cannot miss. The bout was eventually called off in the fourth round when Clarkson walked into a right hand and went down in pieces. He rose but could not hold himself in one spot and so the fight was called off. This was, as I suspected, Bivol's coming out party.